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New on THE KINDCRAFT
- At 84, Sheila Hicks Is Still Making Defiant, Honest Art
- The elevation of craft is the antidote to fast fashion we need
- “I can’t believe it’s not leather!” Veja debuts eco-friendly vegan kicks
- In Jaipur, a Clothing Designer’s Vibrant and Wonderfully Imperfect Home
- Earthy, boxy, boring: Do sustainable clothes have a standard look?
- 'Don't feed the monster!' The people who have stopped buying new clothes
- Oscar Winner Jeremy Irons on His Irish Castle and Antiques Obsession
- Instead of hiding rips and tears, the visible mending movement turns them into art — Modern revivals of the Japanese art of sashiko.
- Fascinating profile of fashion photographer Nadine Ijewere.
"Freckled, gap-toothed, and with a spectrum of skin tones and hair textures, the subjects in Nadine Ijewere’s portfolio are a thrilling celebration of individual human beauty. Nadine's inclusive casting contrasts with the narrow depictions of beauty that have defined the history of fashion editorials."
- Finding the Beauty in Cultural Appropriation
- Children Should Be Taught About The Perils Of Fast Fashion As Early As Possible
- Is There Really Such a Thing as “Ethical Consumerism?”.
"You know that thing, where you say a word to yourself a couple dozen times in a row, and by the 25th repetition, the word doesn’t signify anymore? It's just a bunch of syllables. That's how I’ve started to feel about the phrase “ethical consumer."
- The Artificial Divide Between Fine Art and Textiles is a Gendered Issue
- Who’s Really Getting Ripped Off by $35 Sage?
- The Case for Buying Less Clothing
- If you watch our Instagram stories, you probably saw our love-letter to this Central Asian ikat exhibit currently at LACMA. Go see it if you can!
- Designer, Painter, Sculptor, Architect — This Parisian Multihyphenate is About To Be Everywhere
- Sheila Hicks, Redux — A more design-focused look at her work.
- Should These Clothes Be Saved?. (After reading this, my vote would be 'Yes!'...)
- Sebastian Herkner on the Intersection of Craft and Design
- Nicole McLaughlin's Unusual, Sustainable Shoes (A good companion piece to our recent profile of designer Sara González de Ubieta Oliveros)
- The Artist Creating a 150-Foot-Long Glass Rainbow
- "I'm a matchmaker between art and people" says Kulapat Yantrasast.
- On discovering your process
- Weaving is back: Take a peep inside the studios of contemporary makers on the loom
- The future of fashion? Stunning textiles dyed with bacteria
- In Hawaii, the Quilt Makers Keeping a Centuries-Old Tradition Alive.
“We’re a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. To expose our art forms to the rest of the world is something that is really special.”
- Celebrating the Timeless Appeal of Indigo
- Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes
- Mexico City’s Major Fair Exposes the Art World’s Renewed Love of Craft.
“The art world has wanted the artist to be purely conceptual, to just think. But I like thinking with my hands!”
Business + Entrepreneurship
- Searches for Sustainable Fashion Have Increased By 66% in the Past Year. 👍🏻
- A Great Resource by Fashionista's Whitney Bauck: "Complete Beginner's Guide to Ethical Fashion Certifications"
- Two looks at the persistence of slave labor: Investors Told to Target Modern Slavery and Did a slave make your sneakers? The answer is: probably
- Two looks at the Carcel controversy: Prison-Made Brand Carcel Reimagines Fashion from the Inside Out and This clothing brand proudly uses prison labor. Critics say it’s exploiting workers..
- Analytics are reshaping fashion's old-school instincts
- 5 Artisan and Ethical Workshops in India That Are Accepting Orders From Designers
Sustainability + Labor
- The ‘buy local’ movement comes to fashion
- Why Fashion Can No Longer Ignore Sustainability
- America’s new recycling crisis, explained by an expert
- A reminder that wealthy countries also have exploitative factories: UK fashion sector rapped for worker exploitation.
- Loop Wants Us to Rethink Consumption. It Seems Like a Logistical Disaster That Might Actually Work.
- We Made Plastic. We Depend on It. Now We’re Drowning in It.
- Fabric Dyeing with Algae: A Watery New Frontier.
“As I write this, I’m looking at pictures of cotton T-shirts with the project’s logo printed in green and pink, and I dream of a future in which the colors on my clothes come from a similarly sustainable source, produced following environment-friendly processes.”
- Which is your winner for "Least Appealing Headline"?: These designers are using toxic waste to make gorgeous pottery or From Industrial Waste to Objects of Beauty?
- Great web design used to explain sustainability issues — Forum for the Future
- Two from China: How Illegally Harvested Timber Is ‘Greenwashed’ in China and US sportswear traced to factory in China’s internment camps.
- Let's end this BRIEF on an upbeat note — Luxembourg to Become the First Country to Offer Free Mass Transit for All 💡